Iowa City—A Great Place to Live

If your priorities include top-quality schools, sophisticated cultural resources, year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation, Big Ten sports, eclectic restaurants, and wide-ranging opportunities for direct involvement in your community—you'll find all this and more in Iowa City and the surrounding communities.

Good Reasons to Choose Iowa City

Excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high-quality cultural and recreational resources, a well-educated population—all put Iowa City high on a number of national "best places to live" listings.

The diverse, dynamic atmosphere of this area offers something for just about everyone.

The Iowa City area includes Coralville, North Liberty, Solon, and other small towns with a total population of about 120,000. Twenty miles to the north is Cedar Rapids, Iowa's second largest city. The Eastern Iowa Airport provides convenient connections for worldwide travel.

The University of Iowa is a major national research university located on a 1,900-acre campus on the Iowa River. The university enrolls nearly 30,000 students in 11 colleges—Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business, Medicine, Education, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Public Health, plus the Graduate College.

International students from more than 100 countries make up about 7 percent of the UI enrollment. There are about 1,700 faculty and 13,000 staff members.

This area is part of Iowa's Technology Corridor—a multicounty region comprising the diverse communities of the Iowa City–Cedar Rapids metropolitan area.

We offer a wide choice of living options—small towns, country acreages, well-established urban neighborhoods, suburban developments, high-rise apartments, and condo complexes—all at comparatively low costs.

What Others Have to Say About Us

Our area is a standout in studies ranking quality of life and livability. Recently, a variety of national publications have designated Iowa City one of the country's best places to live.

  • In September 2007, National Geographic Adventure Magazine listed Iowa City as one of the "50 Best Places to Live and Play."
  • Outside Magazine called Iowa City the Top Town in the Midwest when it recognized the nation's 30 best towns in July 2007. They concluded that Iowa City is one of the "smart, progressive burgs with gorgeous wilderness playgrounds—and realistic housing and job markets." They also found that "some of the happiest people in the world live in Iowa City."
  • Iowa City was ranked Number 5 in the April 2007 Forbes Magazine Best Smaller Metros feature and Number 3 Best Place in the Nation to Retire by Money Magazine.
  • In March 2007, we were listed as one of the 10 most affordable places to live and work by Sperling's Best Places. "Iowa City feels progressive," Bert Sperling says. "It boasts a lively cultural scene, an attractive downtown, and active community efforts."

Learn more about the Iowa City area:

Iowa City Chamber of Commerce
Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau
Iowa City Area Development Group
Iowa City Area Development Group (Facebook)
Diversity Focus
Iowa Cultural Corridor
Univ. of Iowa Moving/Area Information
Iowa City Area Association of Realtors
Iowa City Bus System